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On Monday morning the garden is wet from overnight rain but soon the sun comes to dry everything out and the day is spent cutting back some of the plants in the herbaceous borders.

The papavers that have been so daring and dramatic in the beds are now coming to the end of their brief sojourn and look clumsy and bedraggled by the overnight rains. With a sorry heart they are cut down to the ground but new fresh leaf will soon grow back with the occasional promise of a late second flowering.

A fledgling wren passes by at nose height on his first aeronautical excursion. Despite furiously beating his tiny wings he is travelling no faster than slow-motion but eventually lands on a hazel branch and looks around hoping his proud mum and dad were watching…

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The lupins look as gorgeous as ever but as the stems finish flowering and begin to set seed they are promptly cut out lest they mar the appearance. Eventually the whole plant will be cut down and will hopefully flower again later. Several of the hardy geraniums have enthusiastically spread themselves over the edge of the border and will damage the lawn underneath if they are allowed to remain so they are discretely clipped back.

The ceanothus that grows in the corner surrounded by the semi-circle of rosa rugosa ‘double de coubert’ looked as dead as the proverbial dodo after the travails of last winter but walking past this morning I noticed that it has sprung back to life albeit with a fair amount of dead wood within it. I must admit that this shrub was due to be chopped out any day now but this just goes to prove the old countryman’s adage that all good things come to those who put off until tomorrow what one needs to do today!

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Wednesday finds me visiting another garden open to the public. An herbaceous border spreads out before me, some three yards wide and twenty yards in length. The curved end nearest me is dominated by a young and handsome cotinus coggygria ‘royal purple’ emerging from a semi-circle of geranium ‘magnificum’ leading to a group of nepeta ‘six hills giant’ followed by knautia ‘macedonica’.

Already my eye is being enticed to follow the river of colours that will lead me through the pale yellows and pinks to much richer colours that lie beyond. This simple and well-used design is a delight; the gardener has clearly put much thought into his, or her, planting, this is more than just a collection of plants that go well together but rather a design that leads one somewhere, the gardener has a story to tell and this is a journey that I am happy to embark upon.

Quite exhausted, I head for a park bench and promptly fall asleep in the mid-day sun. I awake with a start some time later and have that horrible nagging feeling that I may have been snoring whilst asleep. Heaven forbid that a coach load of tourists, armed to the teeth with cameras and camcorders, should have passed by. I furtively look around but mercifully everyone else in the garden seems far more interested in admiring the roses than sniggering at some snoring fool so I may possibly have just gotten away with it…

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